We’re definitely Badgers through and through. My dad, Millard Johnson Sr., was on the faculty. He had joint appointments in applied math and engineering mechanics. His home department was engineering mechanics, now the Department of Engineering Physics. Dad’s brother, Chuck Johnson, received a civil engineering degree from UW-Madison. I graduated from the UW-Madison School of Business. My wife, Mary, our daughter, Lindsay and our son, Kale all have degrees from UW-Madison. My brother, Chuck Johnson, has his bachelor’s and master’s engineering mechanics degrees from UW-Madison. His wife, Beth, is a UW grad and his daughter, Kelsey, is working toward her degree. My sister, Jan, has art and nursing degrees from UW-Madison. The kids grew up hearing about the UW and red and white were decorated throughout their bedrooms.
Not long after my father passed away, we thought the best thing we could do in his memory was to help engineering students get degrees from UW-Madison. He loved his teaching and research and his engineering mechanics department. It was very important to him and obviously education has always been important to our family. Creating the named scholarship was easy. We talked about it briefly and everyone agreed it was what we wanted to do. This was one of the most important things in dad’s life, teaching and working with his students. There was nothing better we could do than to try to further that. For him, the success of his students and particularly his graduate students, that’s what made him feel successful. That’s the kind of person he was.
This is the second year we’ve given the scholarship. We met the recipient. It was very nice. We will continue to try to build the fund. More and more, the university has to rely on outside funding. That’s just the way it is. The UW had a big impact on everyone in our family. I feel very fortunate to have had my education at UW. It’s an honor to be able to give back.
Millard W. Johnson III, BBA Business'78
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